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Ancient meets modern in Corinium Museum exhibition
Ancient meets modern in a perfect setting when 20 contemporary mosaic artists showcase their work at Cirencester's Corinium Museum.
From April 1 to June 4, the mosaicists provide interpretations of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, in an exhibition organised by artist and writer, Robert Field.
The museum is the ideal venue for the event entitled Mosaic Seasons – Ancient Meets Modern, as it boasts one of the finest collections of Romano-British mosaics in the country.
In Roman Britain, the four seasons became one of the most common themes displayed on the mosaic floors of villas. The Corinium has a magnificent example from the floor of an elaborate town house, laid in the days when Cirencester was Roman Britain's second largest town, with a population of 15,000.
Robert Field, whose own work features in the exhibition, said: "The changing seasons and how artists interpret their moods have fascinated and inspired since the dawn of time."
"The modern artists have interpreted the seasons in a varied display of ingenuity, skill and artistic brilliance. However, unlike their counterparts in Roman times they are not restricted by convention or the need to make their pieces fit into a design for a floor. Many are framed and can be wall-hung while others are the equivalent of sculpture for placing in a room or garden."
The Museum's Collections Manager Judy Mills said: "The exhibition will highlight a fascinating range of diverse work showing the remarkable extent of what is currently being produced in this centuries-old medium."
"It also provides a suitable chance to see modern mosaic-making at its finest, together with a splendid opportunity to purchase a form of art rapidly finding its place in the modern home alongside the more traditional - and familiar - oil and watercolour paintings."
Entrance to the exhibition is included in the museum admission price, or pay £1 to see the exhibition only
: 16/03/2006 16:17:24
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